Through interviews with authors, textual analyses of the fiction, and a diagramming of cross-class relationships, Brooks offers compelling new insight on literary portrayals of class inequalities and division. She expands the scope of how the Black women's literary tradition, since the 1970s, has been conceptualized by repositioning the importance of class and explores why the imagination matters as we think about novel ways to address long-standing and simultaneously evolving issues.
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Class Interruptions deftly analyzes African American and Caribbean texts while foregrounding class as a necessary category of study in both fields. Timely in its recognition of the class positions of 'essential workers' during the COVID pandemic, this work shows that writers have engaged class consistently, even as class remained a lacuna in literary critical studies. Robin Brooks confidently contributes this much-needed component to advance a new generation of literary scholarship in which class has as much analytical presence as does race or gender.Carole Boyce Davies, Cornell University
A well-conceptualized and theoretically rich book, Class Interruptions offers readers new and generative ways to reengage with class, Blackness, literature, and public policy. A magnificent piece of scholarship and a must read."—Robert J. Patterson, author Destructive Desires: Rhythm and Blues Culture and the Politics of Racial Equality